Now we move to the AL’s best pitchers. No surprises at the top.
5. CJ Wilson, TEX
2.94 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 3.41 xFIP, 5.9 fWAR, 5.0 brWAR
Amazing that he was a reliever just a couple years ago. Even improved his control this year, getting his BB/9 below 3.
4. Jered Weaver, LAA
2.41 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 3.80 xFIP, 5.6 fWAR, 6.6 brWAR
Starter the year off on a tear (0.99 ERA in April), but a FIP around 4.50 over the last couple months dropped him down (he gave up 12 homers in August/September, and 8 total the other four months).
3. Dan Haren, LAA
3.17 ERA, 2.98 FIP, 3.29 xFIP, 6.4 fWAR, 4.0 brWAR
Had a quietly great season; his 7th straight with over 200 IP (and at least 4 fWAR).
2. CC Sabathia, NYY
3.00 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 3.02 xFIP, 7.1 fWAR, 6.9 brWAR
Upped his strike-out rate substantially, after two seasons of drop. Not a bad time for it, as CC can opt out of his contract with New York – though I’m not sure turning down $92 M over four years is the best idea.
1. Justin Verlander, DET
2.40 ERA, 2.99 FIP, 3.12 xFIP, 7.0 fWAR, 8.6 brWAR
Dude was hitting 100+ mph well after his 100th pitch against the Yankees in the playoffs. I don’t think he’s the MVP (I prefer to let pitchers just have their own award), but you could certainly make the argument. The 24-5 record has people going a little ga-ga over him, but Verlander did have a fantastic season.
Quick NL Ballot:
5. Cole Hamels, PHI
4. Ian Kennedy, ARI
3. Cliff Lee, PHI
2. Clayton Kershaw, LAD
1. Roy Halladay, PHI